Ashford Memorial GardensCome and discover Ashford, gateway to the real garden of England. It's a place to escape, perfect to explore and offers the best of town and country.

Thirty-eight minutes away from London by high-speed train, within easy reach of the rest of Kent, and a short hop away from the continent – it's well connected too.

Ashford combines a flourishing market town with its historic significance with the vibrancy of a modern international gateway with Ashford's International Eurostar station. And next door is the Ashford Designer Outlet, home to more than 80 boutiques, cafes, restaurants and a children's play area, and due to expand in Autumn 2019. The centre expansion will see an extra 50 premium brands, a new food piazza, as well as a dedicated events space and a redesigned, interactive children’s play area.

Ashford Picturehouse and Travelodge opened in the heart of the town centre in December 2018 and the Curious Brewery opened its doors during Spring 2019. The custom-built brewery is open to the public for guided tours and features a shop, restaurant and bar. It has made a bold and positive statement about modern brewing in Britain and we will be inviting the world to come and have a beer at its newest Cathedral.

Tenterden Town HallTenterden, known as the 'Jewel of the Weald' boasts wide tree-lined greens and a host of specialist shops, pubs and restaurants. Tenterden's Steam Railway is located just off the High Street – enjoy a step back in time whilst enjoying a relaxing trip through the unspoilt Kent countryside.

There are many ways to find out more about visiting, why not visit where you will find a wealth of information on the area. Pop in or phone visitor information, located in the heart of Ashford where friendly professional staff will be pleased to assist you in getting the most from your stay.

Visitor guides

Then there's our tourism association guide [pdf] 3MB, made up of members representing tourism businesses across the borough with a warm welcome assured.

And take a look at our Cheers Wine Trail Tenterden Wine Trail [pdf] 3155KB to pick a couple of favourites or visit them all, the choice is yours.